[EN] С 25 по 27 октября в рамках программы “Free Speech Partnership” пройдет конференция «Дискурсы модернизации»

Discourses of modernization, Kiev, Oct 25-27, 2013.

Новости 21.10.2013 // 118
© Trey Ratcliff

On October 25-27th editors of Res Publica Nowa (Poland) and Krytyka (Ukraine) organize in Kyiv an international conference on new wave of modernization and media. Over 40 editors of intellectual journals from over 14 countries (Eastern Partnership, Visegrad, Austria, Germany and Russia) will discuss the theme of technology and democracy in a global context: Discourses of Modernization. “World is at a brink of new wave of modernization marked by unprecedented high-tech advancement. Yet this might well be story of another ideology, with false idols and dead ends” write organizers in the introduction to the conference. The event is sponsored by: International Visegrad Fund, Google, Polish-German Cooperation Fund, Polish Institute in Kyiv as a part of multi-annual program of Res Publica Nowa. It’s aim is to connect opinion leaders from the region and express joint communication on issues of global importance. Previous conference took place also in Kyiv in 2011, and Warsaw 2010.

Friday Oct 25


5pm Special event — TBC
Visegrad Group and Ukraine — public meeting with the editor of Komentari weekly

7pm dinner

Opening speech Prospects of modernization
Ivan Krastev (BG) TBC
Carl Henrik Fredriksson (AT)

Saturday Oct 26

10am Opening

Yossi Vardi (IL) TBC

10:30am-12:30pm Session One

Modernization and values
How today’s advocates of modernization portray ‘good society’?

Opening statements:
Marek Seckar (CZ)
Michał Sutowski (PL)
Irina Magdysh (UA)


12:30pm-2pm Lunch

2pm — 4pm Session Two

Modernization and political culture
Different national contexts. How do we react to modernization? — review of key responses to the idea of modernization in the Western, Central and Eastern Europe

Opening statements:
Volker Waksler (DE)
Pogonyi Szabolcs (HU)
Taciana Arcimović (BY)
Alexander Markov (RU)


4pm — 4:20pm Coffee

4:20pm — 6:20pm Session Three

Tech geeks and technocrats
Does technological progress bring more democracy or is it neutral? — Technological progress is being advocated as bringing more democracy to peoples. Does it really influence democratic change? How it does and how it does not?

Opening statements:
Iryna Vidanava (BY)
Jeremy Druker (CZ / USA) TBC
???? (PL) TBC


Sunday Oct 27

10am — 12pm Session Four

New digital age
Why hi-tech companies what to change societies? We invite people from hi-tech to the floor to ask for their opinion and get them involved in Q&A session

Ideas for speakers:
— Google
— Prezi
— Portable solar battery compary UA
— Gadu-gadu PL
— micro-biology UA
— Ukrainian hacker

12pm — 12:30pm Closing remarks

12:30pm — 2pm Lunch

End of conference program

Sun 3pm — Monday 3pm Special seminar for Ukrainian editors
Business strategies for new media — by Google representative TBC

The conference venue:

1. Piano Cafe
Address: Ярославська, 56а, Kiev, Ukraine

2. Boutique Hotel Vozdvyzhensky
Address: Воздвиженська, 60а,б, Kiev, Ukraine